Archive for April, 2011

April 29, 2011

Om Mani Padme Hum

by mandy lipka

Tonight, I used a freebie on a restorative class and it absolutely did the trick. Our practice was completely devoted to our Sahasrara, or crown chakra. This chakra, located at the very top of the head, is devine wisdom, our spirit, our Oneness with the Universe, our Unity and our spirituality. This aura-center is also known as our “Thousand-Petaled Lotus.” The lotus encompasses our light.

Despite being able to hear the wheels of cars pass through the damp streets, my practice was very focused on my mind and my breath. Between the face-down frog and the Supta Baddha Konasa (reclining bound angle pose), my mind, body and soul synced. As I repeated my personal mantra for the day, “I am content, I am transitioning,” I freed my thoughts. I attempted to throw out the tension from an old haunting event from my past.

For those 90 minutes, I did exactly that. Freed an 8-year-old moment of my past that had me shackled and welcomed the possibilities of the future. As we repeated our mantras, I became fully aware. Finally, we ended our restorative practice by repeating the mantra, “Om mani padme hum.” It’s often called the most important mantra in Buddhism as it is the six-syllable mantra of the Bodhisattva of compassion Avalokiteshvara. In English, it loosely translates to Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus.

read more »

April 21, 2011

Wiping Cobwebs

by mandy lipka

I’m kicking off the dust of this blog and kick-starting it for real this time. It’s time to celebrate! I just completed my first step toward a new adventure in mindfulness by signing up for a two-day course from Harvard Medical— Meditation & Psychotherapy! And wow, am I (pun intended) psyched.

Immediately, it’s breathing much-needed new life into my day-to-day that I allowed to get incredibly stagnant as I let my mind go to feel what this transition phase would truly bring on my latest adventure toward continued happiness. I’ve learned in the last few years more than ever that life is so incredibly precious and limited. More importantly, that we’re silly not to live our lives limitlessly.

read more »